Fibromyalgia is a chronic illness that affects an estimated 10 million people in the U.S, and can be debilitating for many. While women are most susceptible to this condition, some people may be more at risk for developing it, including men. Common risk factors can include:
Age – Fibromyalgia is most common in people between 20 and 55 years old; however, it can occur in people of all age groups. Women typically develop it during their childbearing years.
Stress – People coming from stressful environments or who are particularly vulnerable to stress (either physiological or psychological) are believed to develop fibromyalgia more frequently that those who experience less stress. High levels of stress can trigger flare-ups.
Sleep Disorders – Many fibromyalgia sufferers have a long history of sleep problems. Some experts claim that sleep disorders could be a root cause of fibromyalgia, such as sleep apnea.
Genetics – Research has shown that women closely related to a fibromyalgia sufferer are more likely to develop this condition themselves indicating a genetic predisposition.
Other chronic-pain conditions – People with lupus, osteoarthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis (a type of arthritis) are at increased risk for developing fibromyalgia, possibly because their chronic pain causes sensitization of the central nervous system, which is believed to be the cause of fibromyalgia related pain.
Fibromyalgia sufferers can experience a wide range of symptoms with varying intensities and may include:
What many people don’t realize is that these symptoms can be directly or indirectly associated with fibromyalgia. If you suffer from these symptoms, you may have fibromyalgia and not be aware of it.
18 Points of Tenderness
Painful tender points are located at various places on your body and are a common characteristic of fibromyalgia syndrome leading to a diagnosis. Your health care provider will ask about your pain symptoms and then press on a series of anatomically-defined soft tissue body sites called “tender points.” Eleven of the 18 tender point sites must be painful when pressed in order to receive a medical diagnosis of fibromyalgia.
While any body part can be affected, the most common sites of pain include:
- Neck and Back
- Shoulders and Chest
- Hips and Knees
- Hands and Elbow Regions
- Buttocks and Pelvic Girdle
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You can also visit our fibromyalgia website page for more information regarding resource links and suggested further reading.
Dietary Supplements to the Rescue
Even if you are not diagnosed with fibromyalgia, but suffer from the various associated symptoms, you may find relief from natural dietary supplements. Please review this chart, which includes a list of symptoms along with natural dietary supplements that can help provide relief for a variety of symptoms associated with this condition. Even if you have not been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, yet suffer from any of the symptoms listed, you may benefit from one or more of the products listed.
Read more about natural supplements for fibromyalgia on our Fibromyalgia website:
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